BYD to Increase E-Vehicle Presence with Tie Up with Uber Inc.
BYD the Shenzhen based automobile maker is expected to increase its electric passenger car’s presence in the US market after following a pilot program with Uber Inc. around 25 Uber drivers are operating BYD e6 electric cars in Chicago under a program that was launched by Uber, BYD and a local dealership Green Wheels USA that carries and sells electric and hybrid cars.
According to Green Wheels which have been doing business with BYD since 2009 their electric vehicles are good solid cars with good batteries and with lots of room, that why they introduce BYD cars to Uber and they been in talks since December before a deal was reached a few weeks ago. The e6 was given approval by US regulators for sale in March of last year, just four year after BYD announced plans to sell cars to the US in 2010 after Warren Buffet backing coming a year earlier. Green Wheels is the only dealership in the US in which BYD e6 is available and is still in the process of selling the car. Uber drivers can pay $200 a week without down payment to use the car during their shifts.
This deal also marks Uber’s first experiment in using electric vehicles and is expecting to eventually expand their program to other US cities. The San Francisco based Uber Inc. through their mobile app transportation network will allow consumers to submit a trip request which is then routed to crowd sourced taxi drivers.
This move is good for BYD that links its image with one of Silicon Valley’s dynamic companies and will certainly help BYD sell its e6 electric vehicles to be followed by BYD’s other models. Uber is well connected with new technologies and innovations and by linking with Uber it will bring more exposure to BYD’s electric cars. According to the program’s advertising posted by BYD Motors the e6 electric car can travel up to 186 miles in a single charge and can be leased to own on a shorter term leases.
BYD’s e6 electric taxi is already being used in the pilot program, the electric k9 bus has been already making rounds on California roads. Stanford University deployed 13 k9 buses in its campus.